Service Project

K, 1, 2

Facilitate conversations about giving passion and needs to encourage use of talents and cooperation skills to build a caring community through service. 

Lesson Rating 
PrintThirty minutes, plus time to carry out a service project

The learner will:

  • brainstorm ideas for a service project.
  • cooperatively plan a service project.
  • implement and complete a service project.
  • chart
  • markers


  1. Ask the group, "What are some things you are good at or enjoy doing?" 

    Some may enjoy bicycling or reading and others may love playing games at a local park. The interests and talents will vary. Take the time for reflection, conversation, and wait time to hear from most of the group. 

  2. Talk about things that could be better in our community related to their interests. For example, if you have readers, you can mention that some elderly people who are lonely would appreciate someone reading to them over a virtual platform.

    Expand the conversation to ideas on what they are good at that could be shared or taught to others. "What do you really care about and you see that there is something you can do to make it better?"

    This may include drawing pictures for someone who needs cheering, cleaning up an area in a local park, reading on screen to younger children or "grandparents," making play dough, cooking, asking about someone's day. Encourage them to think of building relationships with neighbors of all ages and backgrounds. What do people need to bring joy to their lives?

  3. Discuss the various projects with the children, narrowing the list to those choices that can be accomplished and meet a need or improve community.

  4. The choices may be limited by allowing children to vote. Tally the votes to determine the project or projects they do.

  5. Using a think, pair, share model, determine the steps needed to take action. What supplies are needed? Do they need transportation or training? What is the timeline? Who will do what?

  6. With everyone contributing steps in the process, write the service plan in sequence on sticky notes and place on a virtual chart, so they are arrangeable.  Allow children to pick or you can assign tasks to get the preparation work done. Use sticky notes so you can re-order the steps and who does each, as needed.

    Then each person starts completing the actions to prepare to perform the service project. They check in regularly to see how the tasks are getting done.

    Do the service.

  7. Share the final project with an outside audience. Interview them and take pictures to capture the impact of the good sharing and community building they did.

  8. Reflect together on what went well, what impact they had, and what they plan to do next to build a caring community by sharing what they know, have, or do. 

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark E.3 Participate in acts of democratic citizenship in the classroom or school, such as voting, group problem solving, classroom governance or elections.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark E.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark E.1 Provide a needed service.